Continuing Optometric Education

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BOARD OF OPTOMETRY

 

DIVISION 70
CONTINUING OPTOMETRIC EDUCATION

852-070-0005
Definitions
“Hour”
means clock hour of 60 minutes of instruction time, plus or minus 10 minutes. “Half-hour”
means 30 minutes of instruction time, plus or minus five minutes.
Stat. Auth.: ORS
683 & 182

Stats. Implemented:
ORS 683.210 & 182.466

Hist.: OE
16, f. 2-11-74, ef. 3-11-74; OE 2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84; OP 1-1987, f. &
ef. 4-30-87; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 1-2009, f. 6-10-09,
cert. ef. 7-1-09; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13
852-070-0010
Requirement of Continuing Optometric
Education (CE)
The Oregon Board of Optometry is committed
to ensuring the continuing education of its licensees for the protection, safety
and wellbeing of the public. Continuing education is required to maintain and advance
the professional skills and abilities of licensees and to educate optometric physicians
in the application and use of new techniques, scientific and clinical advances and
the achievements of research to ensure expansive and comprehensive care to the public.
(1) Every active status licensed
optometric physician must complete at least 18 hours of clinical optometric courses
each license year as a condition of license renewal. Continuing education hours
cover 12-month periods and must be reported with license renewal applications. Upon
written request, the licensee may carry forward approved excess CE hours completed
in the prior license year to the current license year.
(2) Of the required 18 hours,
at least nine hours each license year must be in the area of diagnosis, treatment
and management of ocular disease (TMOD).
(3) Optometric physicians must
complete one hour of approved credit for an optometric ethics or Oregon law course
every other license year, regardless of credits carried forward under (1) of this
section. Licensees may receive one hour of optometric ethics/Oregon law credit per
year for verified attendance of at least one hour at an official meeting of the
Oregon Board of Optometry.
(4) One hour of approved cultural
competency continuing education may be used toward satisfying the required number
of non-TMOD hours each license year.
(5) Credit will be given for
no more than five hours of live observation in an approved surgical facility per
license year.
(6) The required hours of continuing
education used to meet the CE requirement each license year must be of different
course content. When the Board determines that a licensee has submitted a course
or lecture essentially identical to another presentation submitted for credit in
the same license renewal period, credit will be given for only one.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 683 & 182
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.140,
683.270, 683.210 & 182.466
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74,
ef. 3-11-74; OE 1-1978, f. & ef. 1-25-78; OE 1-1984, f. & ef. 1-13-84; OE
2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84; OP 1-1987, f. & ef. 4-30-87; OP 3-1993, f. &
cert. ef. 10-27-93; OP 1-1994, f. 5-4-94, cert. ef. 5-9-94; OP 1-1996, f. 6-27-96,
cert. ef. 7-1-96; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 2-1999, f. 12-29-99,
cert. ef. 1-1-00; OPT 1-2001, f. 6-18-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01; OPT 2-2003, f. 9-15-03,
cert. ef. 1-1-04; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13; OPT 2-2014, f. 11-28-14,
cert. ef. 1-1-15; OPT 3-2014, f. 12-29-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15
852-070-0016
Continuing
Optometric Education Not Required for Inactive Licenses
(1) Those licensees who have been granted
inactive status by the Board are not required to complete the continuing optometric
education requirement in OAR 852-070-0010.
(2) If an inactive licensee
applies to change to active status, the licensee must comply with OAR 852-070-0010
for the continuing education license year previous to the year in which active status
is granted by the Board.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210
Hist.: OP 3-1993, f. &
cert. ef. 10-27-93; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 1-2013, f. &
cert. ef. 1-3-13; OPT 2-2014, f. 11-28-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15; OPT 3-2014, f. 12-29-14,
cert. ef. 1-1-15
852-070-0020
Application
for Credit
Each continuing education offering must
be approved by the Board in order for an optometric physician to obtain credit.
Upon application the Board may:
(1) Grant credit, to the extent
determined by it, for any course, or individual or group study deemed suitable to
carry out the purposes of ORS 683.210. To be granted credit, any course offering
must be open to all optometric physicians licensed in Oregon.
(2) Grant credit, to the extent
determined by it, for publication of articles and papers of scientific and educational
interest published in recognized scientific publications.
(3) Grant credit, to the extent
determined by it, for courses that relate to the maintenance or advancement of professional
skills and abilities. Courses that relate primarily to practice management or jurisprudence
will not be granted credit.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210
& 683.270
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74,
ef. 3-11-74; OE 2-1979, f. & ef. 10-29-79; OE 2-1983, f. & ef. 2-22-83;
OE 2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84; OP 1-1987, f. & ef. 4-30-87; OP 1-1989, f.
1-13-89, cert. ef. 1-16-89; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT 2-1999,
f.12-29-99, cert. ef.1-1-00; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13; OPT 2-2014,
f. 11-28-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15; OPT 3-2014, f. 12-29-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15
852-070-0025
Credit for Conducting Course or Presenting
Material
Any optometric physician who prepares and
presents a continuing education course approved for credit by the Board is entitled
to three hours of continuing education credit for each credit hour of the initial
presentation of the course. No credit will be given for repeat presentations unless
application for credit has been filed in advance with the Board and appropriate
evidence submitted that additional study or research was necessary for such additional
presentation. The Board may then grant, to the extent deemed suitable by it, credit
for the additional presentation.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74,
ef. 3-11-74; OE 2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84; OPT 2-2014, f. 11-28-14, cert. ef.
1-1-15; OPT 3-2014, f. 12-29-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15
852-070-0030
CE Requirements for Applicants and
First-Time Renewals
(1) Applicants must meet the requirements
for continuing education for initial licensure based on when they graduated from
optometry school:
(a) Applicants who submit completed
applications and are licensed less than one year after graduation from optometry
school are not required to submit continuing education for initial licensure.
(b) Applicants receiving initial
licensure one year or more after graduation from optometry school must submit required
continuing education to receive initial licensure.
(2) All active status licensees
must submit continuing education for their first license renewal that falls one
year or more after graduation from optometry school.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 182 & 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210
& 182.466
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74,
ef. 3-11-74; OE 2-1984, f. & ef. 7-14-84; OP 1-1987, f. & ef. 4-30-87; OP
2-1994, f. & cert. ef. 7-22-94; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98; OPT
1-2005, f. & cert. ef. 2-23-05; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13; OPT 2-2014,
f. 11-28-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15; OPT 3-2014, f. 12-29-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15
852-070-0035
Responsibility to Notify Board
(1) Each active licensee must notify the
Board of Optometry in writing of completion of the required hours of approved continuing
education credits as part of the license renewal.
(2) Notification for at least
the total number of required hours must be submitted at one time.
(3) If sufficient proof of continuing
education is not received by the Board by the license year renewal period deadline,
the license will not be renewed until the continuing education deficiency is made
up in a manner acceptable to and approved by the Board.
(4) Licensees must submit original
certificates of attendance or other proof of attendance acceptable to the Board.
(5) Any licensee who has completed
the required continuing optometric education course work by the license year renewal
period but fails to meet the submission deadline is subject to a late fee as listed
in OAR 852-010-0080.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 683
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.210
Hist.: OE 16, f. 2-11-74,
ef. 3-11-74; OE 1-1984, f. & ef. 1-13-84; OP 1-1987, f. & ef. 4-30-87; OP
3-1993, f. & cert. ef. 10-27-93; OPT 2-1998, f. 6-10-98, cert. ef. 6-15-98;
OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13; OPT 2-2014, f. 11-28-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15;
OPT 3-2014, f. 12-29-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15
852-070-0045
Board Responsibility
for Provision of Continuing Optometric Education
The Oregon Board
of Optometry must provide or approve education programs to fulfill the requirements
of this section
Stat. Auth.: ORS
683

Stats. Implemented:
ORS 683.140 & 683.210

Hist.: OP
1-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13
852-070-0054
COPE Approved
Continuing Optometric Education Courses
(1) The Oregon Board
of Optometry accepts courses related to the maintenance or advancement of professional
skills and clinical abilities approved by COPE (Council on Optometric Practitioner
Education). If such a course has been COPE approved, the Board will accept the course
as meeting its continuing education requirements for license renewal except for
courses in Category D as indicated in (4) below.
(2) COPE
course category A: Clinical Optometry which includes Contact Lenses (CL), Functional
Vision/Pediatrics (FV), General Optometry (GO), and Low Vision (LV).
(3) COPE
course categories B: Ocular Disease and C: Related Systemic Disease are approved
as meeting the Board’s nine hours per license year requirement of continuing
optometric education in the area of diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular
disease:
(a) Ocular
Disease includes Glaucoma (GL), Injection Skills (IS), Laser Procedures (LP), Peri-Operative
Management of Ophthalmic Surgery (PO), Refractive Surgery Management (RS), Surgery
Procedures (SP), Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease: Anterior Segment (AS),
and Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease: Posterior Segment (PS); and
(b) Related
Systemic Disease includes Neuro-Optometry (NO), Oral Pharmaceuticals (OP), Pharmacology
(PH), Principles of Diagnosis (PD), and Systemic/Ocular Disease (SD).
(4) COPE
course category D, which includes Public Health (PB), Practice Management (PM) and
Ethics/Jurisprudence (EJ), are not approved by the Oregon Board of Optometry, unless
it is an optometric ethics course that has been individually evaluated and approved
by the Board .
(5) It is
the responsibility of the licensee to ensure that any continuing optometric education
coursework submitted for credit meets the criteria of this rule.
(6) The Oregon
Board of Optometry will review the COPE criteria for course category definitions
to determine if the process and categories are within the standards it has set.
Those COPE category definitions not acceptable to the Board will be identified to
COPE and listed in the Board’s administrative rules.
Stat. Auth.: ORS
683 & 182

Stats. Implemented:
ORS 683.140, 683.210 & 182.466

Hist.: OP
1-1996, f. 6-27-96, cert. ef. 7-1-96; OP 2-1996, f. 10-30-96, cert. ef. 11-1-96;
OPT 2-1999, f.12-29-99, cert. ef.1-1-00; OPT 1-2001, f. 6-18-01, cert. ef. 7-1-01;
OPT 2-2003, f. 9-15-03, cert. ef. 1-1-04; OPT 1-2009, f. 6-10-09, cert. ef. 7-1-09;
Renumbered from 852-070-0060 by OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13
852-070-0055
Continuing
Optometric Education Provided by Outside Entities
(1) All continuing optometric education
provided by other organizations (non-COPE) must be submitted to the Board for approval
before credit will be granted. Persons submitting courses for credit review must
allow at least 30 days for the review. Renewing active status licensees may not
count a course toward meeting the continuing education requirement before it is
approved by the Board.
(2) Approval or denial of the
continuing optometric education will be based on course:
(a) Relevance to modern optometric
practice;
(b) Provision of skills or information
which can translate to improved patient care;
(c) Content being recognized
and accepted as sound scientific thought;
(d) Provision of heightened
content standards needed by optometric physicians; and
(e) Presenter(s) credentials,
as evidenced by a submitted curriculum vitae and an academic degree or combination
of academic achievement and special expertise acceptable to the Board.
(3) The Board may accept continuing
optometric education courses that have been approved by other organizations. This
acceptance will be in accordance with the standards set by the Board.
(4) Courses acceptable to the
Board for continuing education credit must be at least one half-hour in length,
must be proctored for attendance, and the sponsor must provide original source documentation
of successful completion to the attendee. Additional credits must be in half-hour
increments.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 683 & 182
Stats. Implemented: ORS 683.140,
683.210 & 182.466
Hist.: OP 1-1996, f. 6-27-96,
cert. ef. 7-1-96; OPT 2-1999, f.12-29-99, cert. ef.1-1-00; OPT 1-2009, f. 6-10-09,
cert. ef. 7-1-09; OPT 1-2013, f. & cert. ef. 1-3-13; OPT 2-2014, f. 11-28-14,
cert. ef. 1-1-15; OPT 3-2014, f. 12-29-14, cert. ef. 1-1-15
852-070-0060 [Renumbered to 852-070-0054]


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